NAPOLCOM sets new guidelines on the filing of police benefits and scholarship grant under the “new normal”
October 7, 2020
The National Police Commission prescribed additional guidelines on the filing of application for Death, Total Permanent Disability and Scholarship (DTS) Benefits before the NAPOLCOM Central and Regional Offices under the prevailing “new normal” condition in the entire country.
This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao after the Commission En Banc, chaired by DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Eduardo M. Año, approved NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 2020-002, dated June 22, 2020, which prescribes the guidelines on the interruption of reglementary periods in the processing of benefit claims of the uniformed members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the NAPOLCOM Scholarship Program for the children of deceased or permanently incapacitated police personnel.
“The NAPOLCOM is cognizant of the limitations on the mobility of our clientele during the existence of the community quarantine. As such, the Commission has to adapt to the “new normal” by using technology at our disposal to reconfigure our mode of service delivery to reduce the risk in face-to-face transactions while still maintaining adequate service levels,” Atty. Casurao said.
Under the new Memorandum Circular, the reglementary periods in the filing of service claims, applications, affidavits, processes, adjudications, orders, appeals and all other papers and documents in relation to the application for DTS Benefits are hereby interrupted for the period of March 17 until June 15, 2020. Likewise, the periods for the submission of reports and rendition of adjudications, decisions, resolutions and orders are also deemed interrupted during the said period.
Atty. Casurao clarified that for the duration of the aforementioned period, the proceedings may continue within such permissible and practicable periods as may be determined by the Approving Authority concerned, taking into consideration the circumstances of the parties involved, and upon strict observance of the existing guidelines and precautionary measures provided by the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) in combating COVID-19.
To ensure the continuity of the “new normal,” the Commission has now authorized the filing of Applications for DTS Benefits through electronic mail (e-mail). Supporting documents/proofs required to be filed with said applications may also be submitted through e-mail, except receipts, the original of which must still be submitted. In the event that a question on authenticity or equity arises during the evaluation process, the applicant will be required to submit the original copy of the document in question.
The Approving Authority shall create an official and dedicated email address/es for the purpose, which shall be checked on an hourly basis. Upon receipt of the applications with supporting documents/proofs, the Approving Authority or its duly authorized official will reply to the sender acknowledging receipt of the documents and the total number of pages received. The Approving Authority shall also inform the sender of the document as to its conformity or non-conformity with the required requirements or solemnities. In case of non-conformity, the sender will be given 72 hours to comply with the prescribed requirements or solemnities.
These new guidelines also apply to pending applications wherein applicants shall be asked whether they want to avail of said mode of filing or submission.
In addition to the usual modes of service to parties, the Commission now permits the serving of Processes in Applications for DTS Benefits which include notices, summons, subpoenas, or such other interlocutory orders or directives, through e-mail. A party who intends to be served with the said processes through e-mail shall submit a request, under oath, to the Approving Authority or its duly authorized official. For applicants represented by counsel who intend to use the official e-mail of the latter, a copy of said counsel’s entry of appearance, engagement contract or retainer agreement shall likewise be sent to the Approving Authority.
All documents to be transmitted through e-mail as well as all processes from the Approving Authority shall be in Portable Document Format (PDF). Attachments to said Applications or Processes to be sent, which are not documentary in nature, shall be photographed and converted into PDF.
All stages of proceedings requiring personal appearance or attendance of any party are also suspended. Instead, the concerned Approving Authority shall adopt video conferencing or other similar modes of communication dispensing with physical face-to-face interaction. He/She shall also ensure the appropriate recording and accessibility of the proceedings. In addition to being transcribed, the proceedings shall be copied in a compact disk (CD) or USB flash drive and said storage devise shall likewise form part of the records of the application.
In cases wherein video conferencing may not be resorted to, attendees of the proceedings must observe the Minimum Health Standards prescribed by the Department of Health (DOH) aimed at the reduction of contact and transmission of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, the payment by the NAPOLCOM of pension, gratuity pay and other death and disability benefits to PNP retirees and beneficiaries is currently put on hold until the Commission on Audit (COA) resolves the issue of whether the NAPOLCOM pension constitutes double compensation.
NAPOLCOM opens online application for Computer-Assisted Examination (CAEx) exclusive for the applicants of the April 26 PNP entrance test
October 7, 2020
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announces the activation of the On-Line Examination Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) for the conduct of the Computer-Assisted Examination (NAPOLCOM CAEx) on October 5-9, 2020 at caex.napolcom.gov.ph for all the entrance examinees whose applications were processed for the April 26, 2020 PNP Entrance Examination and will prioritize those examinees who will reach the age of 31 years old in April 2021.
NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the OLEASS shall be opened at 12:00 NN onwards on October 5-9. Examination dates are as follows: October 12, 14, 16, 19, 21 and 23; November 4, 6, 9, 11, 13, 16, 18, 20, 23, 25 and 27; and December 2, 4, 7, 9 and 11, 2020. Period of filing of application is also on the said dates. Strictly no walk-in applicants will be accommodated.
Applicants may choose the desired date of examination and fill out the mandatory fields. Those with confirmed schedule shall be sent an auto-generated email informing them to access the link and enter all the required information in the application form.
They should personally file their application at the Examination Division One-stop Shop, 7th Floor, DILG-NAPOLCOM Center, EDSA corner Quezon Avenue, Quezon City from 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. on their scheduled appointment/examination date. Examination fee is Php 600.00.
Civilian applicants must bring the following: 1) emailed confirmation slip, filled-out application form and index card; 2) two recent, identical and color 1”x1” ID pictures with white background and complete name tag (for PNP members, the name tag should indicate the rank before the name); 3) one legal size window envelope; 4) authenticated transcript of scholastic record with Special Order issued by CHED and diploma; 5) birth certificate in security paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or certified true copy of the birth certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by the PSA; 6) any valid two (2) Government issued IDs with signature (SSS, GSIS, Voter’s, Postal, Passport, Driver’s License, PRC, etc.), strictly “No I.D., No Processing;” 7) Medical Certificate that the examinee is COVID-19 Free issued by the Municipal/City/Provincial Health Office within 72 hours prior to the examination day; 8) Letter of intent to take the Computer-Assisted Examination (CAEX); and 9) Admission Slip and Official Receipt issued by the NAPOLCOM Regional Office for the April 26, 2020 PNP Entrance Examination.
Police applicants with temporary appointment must bring a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or Special Order.
After completing the application process, applicants will be required to proceed to the examination room located at the 20th Floor of the same building to take the three-hour examination. Only 15 examinees will be accommodated per examination day. The Certificate of Eligibility or Report of Rating will be given personally to the examinee after the examination.
Examinees who failed in the NAPOLCOM CAEx shall be allowed to take the same exam after three (3) months.
“The NAPOLCOM reserves the right to deny any examination application should there be lacking requirements and violation of examination and health guidelines/protocols,” Atty. Casuaro said.
The PNP Entrance Examination is open to all Filipino citizens who are bachelor’s degree holder and not more than 30 years old. Police Officers (PO1/Patrolman/Patrolwoman) whose appointments are temporary for lack of appropriate eligibility are also required to take the PNP Entrance Examination.
Only applicants with normal body temperature (up to 37.5 degrees Celsius) and with no other symptoms like sore throat, cough, colds, runny nose and nasal congestion shall be allowed to enter the premises. They will be required to accomplish the Health Risk Assessment in the Revised Visitor’s Slip and wear face mask and face shield prior to entry. Examinees should wear plain white shirt, dark pants and shoes during their scheduled appointment/examination date. Those who are not in the prescribed attire will not be allowed to enter the examination center.
September 16, 2020
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the Revised Certification Program for Police Investigators, Police Detectives and Case Managers to improve the PNP’s Crime Clearance Efficiency and Crime Solution Efficiency and enhance the proficiency of its field investigators.
This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao after the Commission en banc approved Memorandum Circular (MC) No. 2020-006, dated August 25, 2020, which amended MC No. 2013-002 entitled “Professionalizing the Philippine National Police Field Investigation Service through the Implementation of a Certification Program for Field Investigators of the Philippine National Police and Promulgating Guidelines for the Purpose.”
The new MC also promulgates the revised guidelines in the implementation of the Certification Program of the PNP, the composition of the Certification Board, and the Ladderized Standard Procedure for the Certification Program.
“The Commission has observed that there is a need to improve and revise the Certification Program to better serve its purpose, which is to enhance and upgrade the level of competence and qualifications of Police Investigators, Police Detectives and Case Managers, thereby improving and enhancing the investigative capability of the PNP,” Atty. Casurao said.
Under the new NAPOLCOM MC, only uniformed personnel of the PNP who possess the qualifications set forth in this Circular are eligible for the Certification Program. It also provides that the members and secretariat of the National Certification Board shall be issued Honorary Certification as Police Investigators by virtue of position.
According to Atty. Casurao, the issuance of the Circular shall be without prejudice to those PNP personnel who were already certified pursuant to NAPOLCOM MC No. 2013-002.
“All those who are certified as Police Investigators, Police Detectives and Case Managers shall be authorized to wear their respective specialization badges,” Atty. Casurao added.
The MC also states that the criteria for certification shall conform with the education and eligibility requirements as provided for under the existing NAPOLCOM issuance that prescribes the Qualification Standards for Appointment to PNP Ranks. It likewise provides that all criminal cases investigated/supervised by the applicant must be encoded in the Case Information Database Management System (CIDMS).
The National Certification Board shall issue resolutions for certification and promulgation of other rules and regulations, including the specific procedures to be observed in the certification process that aim to enhance the Program.
Candidates for Police Investigator, Police Detective and Case Manager should meet the required training and experience. Applicants for Police Investigator and Police Detective must undergo the following process which include being recommended for certification by his/her Chief of Police or Head of Office/Unit; passed the evaluation and screening of, and recommended by, the Regional/NOSU Certification Board; and passed the evaluation and screening of, and recommended by, the National Certification Board. On the other hand, applicants for Case Manager must pass the screening of, and recommended by, the Regional/NOSU Certification Board and the National Certification Board.
Vice-Chairman Casurao said that the new NAPOLCOM issuance prescribes for the creation of a National Certification Board at the PNP National Headquarters and Regional Certification Boards at the Police Regional Offices and National Operation Support Units.
MC 2020-006 also provides for the revocation of certification and reissuance of revoked certification. The National Certification Board shall recommend to the Chief, PNP the suspension or revocation of the certification if the Police Investigator, Police Detective or Case Manager had been suspended or dismissed from the service, as the case may be. The lifting of the suspension order or the revocation of the dismissal order shall be the basis for the Board to recommend to the Chief, PNP the reissuance of the said certification.
“Certified Investigators, Detectives and Case Managers shall be entitled to receive a Specialist Pay pursuant to NAPOLCOM Resolution No. 2018-340 prior to the approval of its addendum pertaining to Investigators’ Duty Pay,” Vice-Chairman Casurao said.
September 12, 2020
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) commemorates its 54th Founding Anniversary by adopting virtual rites which will be participated in by the Commission’s Central and Regional Offices to mark the establishment of NAPOLCOM on September 8, 1966.
In observance of this year’s anniversary with the theme “NAPOLCOM@54: Working Together, Forging Unity amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic,” NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao together with Commissioner Felizardo M. Serapio, Jr., Commissioner Job M. Mangente and Commissioner Zenonida F. Brosas remain steadfast in discharging the NAPOLCOM’s Constitutionally mandated function of overseeing the Philippine National Police (PNP) in these trying times.
“Amidst the age of digital transformation, the NAPOLCOM found a simple and prudent yet efficient way to honor the roots of the Commission. Through the use of emerging technologies, the health and safety of the employees and stakeholders are prioritized and protected. All precautionary measures will be observed in compliance with the national government’s health protocol,” Atty. Casurao said.
The commemoration program on September 14, 2020 will start with a thanksgiving mass which will be live streamed so that the regional offices can also join. A webinar via Zoom will follow wherein the NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and the Commissioners will give their respective messages. Acknowledgement of Loyalty Awardees and Retirees will also be held during the webinar.
“NAPOLCOM retirees and employees who have served the Commission for the past 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years will be acknowledged for their utmost dedication and unselfish commitment while serving the Commission,” Atty. Casurao said.
The Commission will conduct Zoom web media briefing in order to discuss efficient ways on how to further improve information methods and tackle the implemented innovations in public service brought about by changes in work arrangements, digital transactions/processes, and wellness. NAPOLCOM Region 3 will also conduct a webinar on Mental Health Awareness to alleviate struggles and forge positivity in the fight against this global health crisis.
August 27, 2020
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) approved the recruitment of 16,149 Patrolmen and Patrolwomen to offset the depleted strength of the Philippine National Police (PNP) due to reorganization of the staffing pattern, creation of new offices/units, and vacancies caused by attrition and similar means in order to consequently improve peace and order and police-to-population ratio.
NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the Commission en banc, headed by DILG Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Eduardo M. Año, issued Resolution No. 2020-0665, dated August 25, 2020, approving the CY 2020 Regular and Attrition Recruitment Program of the PNP.
“The NAPOLCOM Resolution authorizes PNP Chief PGEN Archie Francisco F. Gamboa to recruit 10,000 new police officers for the regular recruitment quota and 6,149 new cops for the attrition recruitment quota,” Atty. Casurao said.
Out of the 10,000 regular recruitment quota, 8,425 will be distributed to the PNP Mobile Forces of all Police Regional Offices (PROs) including the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) while the remaining 1,575 shall be allotted to selected National Support Units (NSUs) and other Offices.
On the other hand, the attrition recruitment quota of 6,149 shall be distributed based on the Recapitulation on PNP Attrited Personnel for the period January to December 2019.
The 10,000 regular quota is distributed per region and unit, as follows: PRO1- 800; PRO2-200; PRO3- 325; PRO4A- 550; PRO4B- 300; PRO5- 575; PRO6- 700; PRO7- 700; PRO8-450; PRO9- 250; PRO10- 450; PRO11- 525; PRO12- 600; PRO13- 550; PRO COR- 600; PRO BAR- 400; NCRPO- 450; Special Action Force (SAF)- 300; Aviation Security Group (AVSEGROUP)- 200; Anti-Kidnapping Group (AKG)- 50; Explosive Ordnance Disposal /K9- 50; Maritime Group (MG)- 200; Anti-Cybercrime Group (ACG)- 50; Intelligence Group (IG)- 150; Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG)- 50; Legal Service (LS)- 50; Logistics Support Service (LSS)- 50; Highway Patrol Group (HPG)- 100; Police Community Affairs and Development Group (PCADG)- 75; Health Service (HS)- 150; PNP Retirement and Benefits Administration Service (PRBS)- 50; and, PNP Training Service (PNPTS)- 50.
The 6,149 attrition quota is distributed per region and unit, as follows: PRO1- 338; PRO2-248; PRO3- 378; PRO4A- 402; PRO4B- 172; PRO5- 163; PRO6- 268; PRO7- 291; PRO8-270; PRO9- 166; PRO10- 259; PRO11- 182; PRO12- 181; PRO13- 190; PRO COR- 198; PRO BAR- 401; NCRPO- 912; SAF- 363; AVSEGROUP- 100; AKG- 50; EOD/K9- 75; MG- 100; ACG- 50; IG- 50; CIDG- 100; HPG- 85; HS- 57; and, HSS- 100.
Vice-Chairman Casurao said that Chiefs of PNP Offices/Units and members of the Screening and Selection Committee, including the head and members of the Secretariat, are required to strictly follow the existing rules and regulations on the recruitment, selection and appointment of PNP uniformed personnel, as well as the Inter-Agency Task Force on Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID) Omnibus Guidelines in the Implementation of Community Quarantine in the Philippines and other related directives, otherwise, they would be subjected to administrative sanctions.
July 23, 2020
With the emergence of the new normal in the whole country, the National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) releases additional guidelines on the procedural processes of police administrative cases and complaints.
The NAPOLCOM en banc chaired by Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary and NAPOLCOM Chairman Eduardo M. Año approved Memorandum Circular No. 2020-001, dated June 22, 2020, which prescribes the guidelines on the interruption of reglementary periods and suspension of certain proceedings in NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 2016-002 entitled “Revised Rules of Procedure before the Administrative Disciplinary Authorities and the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).”
NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the postponement of reglementary periods for actions in Summary Dismissal, Breach of Internal Discipline, Citizen’s Complaints and Appealed Cases for the period of March 17 until June 15, 2020 is due to the physical restrictions, mobility limitations and work suspensions in the Executive Branch. The interruption also included actions and submissions required from the Disciplinary Authorities and duly authorized officials.
Atty. Casurao clarified that the interruption should not be understood as termination of administrative proceedings against the uniformed members of the PNP. Administrative proceedings that has commenced and/or was concluded during the period of interruption shall remain valid and binding. Resumption of reglementary periods started on June 16, 2020.
“In order to adapt to the new normal and in addition to the existing modes of filing, the Commission shall accept filing through electronic mail (e-mail) of complaint, affidavit, counter-affidavit, pleading, motion, position paper or other communications in Summary Dismissal, Breach of Internal Discipline and Citizen’s Complaints (SBC) to ensure the continuity of proceedings and safety of clients,” Atty. Casurao said.
Hourly checking of the official e-mail address will be strictly implemented. Upon receipt of a new complaint, affidavit, counter-affidavit, pleading, motion, position paper or other communications in SBC, the Disciplinary Authority or its duly authorized official will acknowledge the receipt of the communication indicating the documents forming part of the communication and the number of pages.
For communication that requires certain contents, requirements or solemnities, the Disciplinary Authority or its duly authorized official shall inform the sender as to its conformity or non-conformity. If not conforming, a period of 72 hours will be given to the sender to supply the missing contents, requirements or solemnities.
All communications to be sent via e-mail must be in Portable Document Format (PDF), which also includes conversion to the required format of pieces of evidence for attachment, such as photos.
For pending cases or those for which a Formal Charge has already been issued against the respondent, the Disciplinary Authority shall inform the parties of these new guidelines and confirm if they intend to avail of said electronic mode of filing.
NAPOLCOM M.C. 2020-001 also provides for the suspension of personal appearance/attendance in all stages of proceedings in SBC. Instead, the Commission will utilize recorded videoconferencing or other similar modes of communication dispensing with physical face-to-face interaction. Transcription of recordings will then be saved in a compact disk (CD) or flash drive as part of the records of the case. If videoconferencing is not plausible, personal appearance shall be allowed as long as parties must adhere to the Minimum Public Health Standards set by the Department of Health (DOH).
The Commission also allowed the serving of Processes of SBC (notices, summons, subpoenas and other interlocutory orders or directives) through courier or e-mail, in addition to personal service or registered mail. Parties who intend to be served Processes of SBC via e-mail must submit a written request, under oath, to the Disciplinary Authority providing their official e-mail address. If they want to use the official e-mail address of their counsel, a copy of the counsel’s entry of appearance, engagement contract or retainer agreement must be attached.
As alternative, serving of processes via courier is also permitted with the understanding that the date of actual receipt thereof by the intended recipient shall be considered as the date of service.
“The Commission assures the public and our clients that all communications that would be transmitted through e-mail will be treated with utmost confidentiality as provided for under Section 4 of NAPOLCOM Memorandum Circular No. 2020-001,” Atty. Casurao said.
NAPOLCOM cancels the conduct of the PNP Entrance and Promotional Examinations and the Police Executive Service Eligibility (PESE) Written Examination
August 15, 2020
August 4, 2020
July 27, 2020
July 20, 2020
The National Police Commission revised the Certification Program for Crime Laboratory (CL) Personnel as Forensic Specialist, specifically the criteria for certification and classification of examiners, to streamline and enhance the level of effectiveness and efficiency of PNP CL personnel.
This was announced by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao after the Commission en banc approved Resolution No. 2020-0382, dated June 9, 2020, which amended Resolution No. 2009-328 entitled “Approving the Certification Program for Crime Laboratory Personnel in the Field of Forensic Science and Promulgating Guidelines for the Purpose.”
“The Commission has recognized the need to amend the said policy in order to make it more responsive and practicable for the PNP Crime Laboratory to address the operational requirements in its field offices and for excellence and integrity in the field of science,” Atty. Casurao said.
Under the new NAPOLCOM Resolution, all Chiefs of the Technical Divisions shall be certified Forensic Specialists prior to their assumption as Chief thereat. They shall be issued Honorary Certification, provided, that they had testified as witnesses in different courts for more than 10 years.
According to Atty. Casurao, all CL Technical Divisions shall create a Certification Committee to conduct the initial assessment of the applicants and validate submitted documents pertaining to education, eligibility and training.
The Certification Program will also serve as one of the selection criteria for CL personnel applying for Lateral Entry (Technical) who, moreover, shall be given preference in promotions and assignments to positions within the PNP CL.
The Resolution also states that Chiefs of the Technical Divisions shall ensure that all qualified personnel under his/her supervision are certified under this program. They shall formulate and conduct an annual training program for CL personnel to continuously assess their competency and proficiency.
Vice-Chairman Casurao said that if anyone is found guilty of malpractice, incompetence, unprofessional conduct, serious ignorance or gross negligence in the practice of his/her profession, this shall result in the automatic revocation or suspension of his/her certification by the Certification Board, whilst suspension or separation from police/government service shall cause the forfeiture of the Forensic Specialist’s certificate.
June 2, 2020
Nais po naming ipaalam sa aming pensioners ang kasalukuyang kalagayan o katayuan ng NAPOLCOM death and total permanent physical disability (TPPD) pension benefits. Katulad po ng inyong napag-alaman, natigil po ang pag-proseso ng inyong pension buhat ng sumulat ang Department of Budget and Management (DBM) sa Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) at sa Commission on Audit (COA) noong 19 Nobyembre 2019. Ang posisyon po ng DBM patungkol sa death at TPPD benefits ng mga NAPOLCOM pensioners ay ito ay "double compensation" na ipinagbabawal sa ating Konstitusyon.
Ang NAPOLCOM po ay dagliang nakipag-ugnayan sa mga nasabing ahensya upang ipaglaban ang ating posisyon na ang NAPOLCOM pension ay hindi "double compensation" upang sa gayon ay tuluyang maibalik na ang pagbibigay ng inyong death and TPPD pension benefits.
Matapos po ang ilang pakikipag-usap ng NAPOLCOM sa Malacaiiang, na kung saan nagsumite din po ng sulat si DILG Secretary/NAPOLCOM Chairman Eduardo M. Año sa ating kagalang-galang na Pangulong Rodrigo Roa Duterte, nag-issue ang DBM ng Special Allotment Release Order (SARO) at Notice of Cash Allocation (NCA) noong ika-20 ng Pebrero 2020 para sa inilaang pondo na ipambabayad ng NAPOLCOM sa kanilang pensioners.
Sa pananaw po ng NAPOLCOM, natapos na ang usaping ito sa lebe ng DBM nang maglabas ang nasabing ahensya ng SARO at NCA para mapunan ang cash requirements para sa ating mga pensioners matapos ang halos tatlong buwan na pagkaantala.
Ngunit, hindi po natapos dito ang usapin. Noong 14 January 2020, matapos matanggap ang liham mula sa DBM na may petsang 19 Nobyembre 2019, ang Auditors po ng COA ay nag-issue ng Audit Observation Memorandum (AOM) No. 2020-003 (2019) na nag-uutos sa NAPOLCOM na ipatigil ang pagbabayad ng inyong pension benefits. Naglalaman din ito ng babala na kung ipagpapatuloy ng NAPOLCOM ang pagbibigay muli ng nasabing benepisyo, rnatapos matanggap ang nasabing AOM, ay maglalabas ang COA ng Notice of Disallowance (ND) na ang magiging resulta o epekto ay ang paghahabla sa mga tumanggap ng pension, at sa mga opisyal ng NAPOLCOM na nag-proseso, upang ipasauli ang mga pera na natanggap bilang death and TPPD benefits.
Agaran naming sinagot ang nasabing AOM noong 20 Enero 2020. Matapos mag-isyu ng SARO at NCA ang DBM noong 20 Pebrero 2020, wala pa rin natanggap ang NAPOLCOM na sagot mula sa COA sa aming sinumiteng komento sa kanilang AOM NO. 2020-003 (2019). Dahil dito, minarapat naming i-follow up sa COA ang kanilang sagot sa aming komento sa AOM 2020-003 (2019) sa pamamagitan ng isang liham na may petsang 03 Marso 2020. Subalit, hanggang nagkaroon na ng Enhanced Community Quarantine, ay wala kaming natanggap na anumang sagot mula sa COA. Alinsunod sa patakaran ng COA, kailangang sagutin nito ang komento ng anumang ahensya ng pamahalaan na inisyuhan ng AOM sa nasusulat na pamamaraan. Ito ang . dahilan kung bakit sumulat si DlLG Secretary/NAPOLCOM Chairman Eduardo M. Año kay COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo noong 28 Abril2020 upang ipaalam sa kanya ang isyu na ito. Bagamat sumagot si Chairperson Aguinaldo sa pamamagitan ng isang liham na may petsang 09 Mayo 2020, hindi pa rin sinasagot ng COA Auditors ang komento ng NAPOLCOM sa kanilang AOM No. 2020-003 (2019).
Dahil dito, hindi pa maaaring i-release ng NAPOLCOM ang inyong pension hangga't walang direktang pahintulot ng COA Auditors. Kung ating babalewalain ang kanilang babala, ang maaaring mangyari ay ipababalik din ang pera na inyong matatanggap bilang pension. Kung sakali naman na tahasang sagutin ng COA Auditors na hindi na sila mag-iisyu ng ND, ay maaari nang i-release ng matiwasay ang inyong pension ng walang kaakibat na agam-agam o pangamba.
Bilang dagdag na pagkilos ng NAPOLCOM, may ipinasumite po na pangalawang liham si DILG Secretary/NAPOLCOM Chairman Eduardo M. Año kay COA Chairperson Michael G. Aguinaldo upang sagutin na ng COA Auditors ang ating komento sa kanilang AOM na, sa paniniwala namin, ay tinanggap na ng DBM kaya nag-issue ng SARO at NCA ang nasabing ahensya
Ang NAPOLCOM ay kaisa ninyo sa hangaring maibalik ang mga benepisyo ninyo. Kayo po ay agad naming babalitaan sa susunod na kaganapan patungkol sa inyong pension benefits.
Maraming salamat po.
February 4, 2020
“The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) will exhaust all possible solutions to ensure the continuous grant of welfare benefits to the members of the Philippine National Police (PNP) and their beneficiaries.”
This was disclosed by NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao as the Commission announced the temporary suspension of the payment of PNP Welfare Benefits claims being administered by NAPOLCOM while awaiting for the resolution of its reply and comment submitted to the Department of Budget and Management (DBM) and the Commission on Audit (COA), respectively.
In a letter dated November 19, 2019, the DBM directed DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Año to ensure that there is no payment of double compensation in the form of death and disability benefits to members of the PNP. The NAPOLCOM submitted a reply, dated December 27, 2019, citing the legal bases for the separate payment of police benefits under the NAPOLCOM-administered PNP Welfare Benefits Program and under the PNP Retirement Benefits Program and explaining why said payments do not constitute double compensation.
However, as of January 2020, the DBM temporarily suspended the payment by the NAPOLCOM of pension, gratuity pay and other death and disability benefits to PNP retirees and beneficiaries.
Relatedly, the COA issued an Audit Observation Memorandum (AOM), dated January 14, 2020, with the findings that the payment of the same police benefits by the NAPOLCOM and the PNP constitutes double compensation, and recommended for the immediate stoppage of payment of all PNP welfare benefits in the central office and all regional offices of NAPOLCOM citing that all payments made after the receipt of said AOM will be disallowed in audit.
It should be noted that before the 2020 AOM, the COA earlier issued an AOM on April 24, 2019 on the issue of double compensation regarding the payment of pension by the NAPOLCOM to PNP retirees, who retired under the Total Permanent Physical Disability (TPPD) Benefits program of the Commission, who are also receiving pension from the PNP. The NAPOLCOM submitted its comment to the AOM citing the legality of giving PNP Welfare Benefits. In spite of the 2019 COA report, the NAPOLCOM continued the processing and payment of said benefits.
“Both the DBM letter and COA report claimed that the payment of separate police benefits by the NAPOLCOM, under the PNP Welfare Benefits Program, and the PNP, under the PNP Retirement Benefits Program, constitutes double compensation which is prohibited by Section 8, Article IX-B of the 1987 Constitution,” Atty. Casurao said.
The directive of the DBM and the findings of the COA arose from the fact that both the NAPOLCOM and the PNP provide similar police benefits to PNP retirees and beneficiaries. However, said benefits are distinct and separate from each other. Under the NAPOLCOM-administered PNP Welfare Benefits Program, the Commission grants the payment of gratuity pay and monthly pension to PNP retirees who were permanently incapacitated while in the performance of duty (TPPD Benefits) and to the beneficiaries of PNP members who died in line of duty (Death Benefits). The PNP does not give Death and TPPD Benefits, but only grants Sickness Benefits. Aside from the gratuity pay and pension, only the NAPOLCOM grants burial pay to PNP beneficiaries.
On the other hand, under the PNP Retirement Benefits program, all police retirees receive gratuity pay or pension depending on the length of service and whether their retirement is due to compulsory or optional retirement, disability or death.
The NAPOLCOM has been administering the death and disability benefits for the uniformed members of the police since the enactment on September 8, 1966 of RA 4864 (Police Act of 1966) which mandated the creation of the NAPOLCOM. Said law explicitly provides that all compensation granted therein is not subject to attachment, levy, execution or any tax whatsoever, and that claims under said Act shall not prescribe.
The PNP, on the other hand, started to administer separate police benefits on February 26, 1992 pursuant to RA 6975, which mandated the creation of a Board of Officers that formulated Board Resolution No. 8 entitled “Resolution Establishing a Retirement and Separation Benefit System for the Uniformed Personnel of the Philippine National Police.” Notably, Section 16 of the said Board Resolution directed the continued grant of death and disability benefits to police officers by the NAPOLCOM.
The NAPOLCOM already took immediate action to address the current situation by submitting its reply to the DBM and comment to the COA. In said reply and comment, the Commission asserted that the Death and TPPD Benefits being given by the NAPOLCOM to PNP members and their beneficiaries are legal and do not constitute double compensation citing paragraph 2 of Section 8, Article IX-B of the 1987 Constitution which provides that “Pensions or gratuities shall not be considered as additional, double, or indirect compensation.”
Additionally, the Commission argued that Section 76 of RA 6975 explicitly provides that a uniformed personnel and/or his heirs shall be entitled to all benefits relative to the death or permanent incapacity of said personnel, as provided for under this Act and/or other existing laws; thus, recognizing the continued entitlement of PNP members and their beneficiaries to the benefits provided for under PD 1184.
The Commission also pointed out that while Congress amended Section 73 of RA 6975, the Legislators did not remove the authority of the NAPOLCOM to continue the grant of benefits to death beneficiaries and TPPD retirees. Nowhere in RA 6975 and RA 8551 is there any provision repealing Section 41 of PD 1184.
“We assure our police pensioners and PNP beneficiaries that the NAPOLCOM will exhaust all possible options and legal means to ensure that the Commission can continuously grant well-deserved benefits for the welfare and interest of our police officers who risk and sacrifice their lives to protect the people and the country,” Atty. Casurao said.
January 14, 2020
The National Police Commission (NAPOLCOM) announces the activation of the On-Line Examination Application Scheduling System (OLEASS) in the websites www.napolcom.gov.ph or www.napolcom-oleass.com for the nationwide conduct of the Philippine National Police (PNP) Entrance and Promotional Examinations on April 26, 2020.
The online application schedule is on January 27-31, 2020 for PNP Entrance (PNPE) Examination; February 3-7 for Police Officer 4th Class Examination (for Police Corporal and Police Staff Sergeant); and February 10-14 for Police Officer 3rd Class Examination (for Police Master Sergeant, Police Senior Master Sergeant, Police Chief Master Sergeant and Police Executive Master Sergeant), Police Officer 2nd Class Examination (for Police Lieutenant and Police Captain) and Police Officer 1st Class Examination (for Police Major and Police Lieutenant Colonel). The websites are available at 12:00 noon onwards during the aforementioned dates for each examination category.
NAPOLCOM Vice-Chairman and Executive Officer Atty. Rogelio T. Casurao said that the Commission has adopted a new on-line scheduling system for the PNP Entrance Examination to address the issue of problematic access to the OLEASS encountered by applicants in previous examination periods.
Starting this April 2020 PNPE Examination, the first letter of an applicant’s family name or surname shall determine the scheduled date when he/she can secure online a confirmed appointment date for the filing of application. The on-line application schedule for PNPE applicants are as follows: January 27 for applicants with family names starting with A and B; January 28 for family names starting with C, D, E and F; January 29 for family names starting with G, H, I, J, K and L; January 30 for family names starting with M, N, O, P and Q; and January 31 for family names starting with R, S, T, U, V, W, X, Y and Z.
“The Commission implemented the categorized on-line application scheduling system for the PNPE Examination to provide applicants equal opportunity to secure their schedule. However, should there be inconsistency in the first letter of the applicant’s surname as reflected in his/her identification card/s and supporting documents presented vis-à-vis that reflected in the OLEASS List, the applicant’s application shall not be processed,” Atty. Casurao said.
The OLEASS allows PNPE Examination applicants to choose the examination center where they want to take the examination regardless of their place of residence. However, for Promotional Examination applicants, the examination center is automatically assigned by the computer system based on the unit/assignment address provided by the police applicant.
The PNPE Examination is open to all Filipino citizens who are not more than 30 years old and bachelor’s degree holder. Patrolmen/Patrolwomen whose appointments are temporary for lack of appropriate eligibility are also required to take said entrance exam.
On the other hand, the Promotional Examinations are open exclusively to all qualified uniformed members of the PNP who meet the minimum qualification standards for examination in terms of rank and eligibility.
An applicant should file his/her application documents in person at any of the 17 NAPOLCOM Regional Offices on his/her scheduled appointment date. The period of filing of applications for the both the PNPE and promotional examinations is from February 24 to March 23, 2020. However, the Regional Offices limit the number of examinees they will accommodate. Acceptance of applications shall be on a ‘first-come, first-served’ basis and, upon due notice, may be stopped even ahead of the deadline once they reached their examination quota.
PNPE applicants must bring the following: (1) printout of Confirmation Letter with corresponding reference number confirming the scheduled appointment; (2) printout of filled-out Application Form and duly accomplished Index Card and two recent, identical and color 1”x1” ID pictures with white background and complete name tag (for PNP members, the name tag should indicate the rank before the first, middle and last names); (3) one legal size window envelope with P20 worth of mailing stamp; (4) Transcript of Scholastic Record with Special Order issued by CHED and Diploma; and (5) Birth Certificate in security paper issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) or certified true copy of the Birth Certificate issued by the Local Civil Registrar and duly authenticated by the PSA. For a Patrolman/Patrolwoman with temporary appointment, a certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or Special Order is also required for submission.
Applicants for the Promotional Examinations should submit the first three (3) requirements mentioned above; the certified true copy of Attested Appointment, Plantilla Appointment or PNP Absorption Order; and the Report of Rating/Certification issued by the NAPOLCOM Central Office, CSC Certificate of Eligibility and/or PRC Board Certificate.
Examination fee is P400 for the PNPE and Police Officer 4th Class Examination; P450 for Police Officer 3rd Class Examination; P500 for Police Officer 2nd Class Examination; and P600 for Police Officer 1st Class Examination.
“The NAPOLCOM Regional Offices strictly implement the “No Walk-in” policy in all examination centers, except in the provinces of Batanes, Palawan, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro and Catanduanes. However, if there are still available vacant slots after the processing period for “wait-listed” applicants, the concerned Regional Office may be allowed to entertain “walk-in” applicants,” Atty. Casurao said.